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So if you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know our big news: we’re expecting another baby!! A little girl due in July. We are so thrilled to be adding to our family, and I was, of course, also thrilled to have an excuse to redecorate a couple bedrooms. 😉 We decided to turn Quinn’s bedroom into the baby’s nursery, since his three major furniture pieces–crib, rocking chair, and dresser/changing table–would need to be used in her room anyway. And so we turned our guest room into Quinn’s “big boy” bedroom. This has all been in the works for months, but today I finally got out my camera to document how the rooms look now. First, the nursery:

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Initially I was really torn about the style of her room–there are soooo many great options for a girl! My first instinct was to go for a bold floral wallpaper and antique-y accessories, but that just wouldn’t have fit with the rest of this house. (Our old house, sure!) So in the end, I kept the neutral white walls and went colorful, modern, and a little bit boho with the accessories. It’s definitely a cheerful space–though perhaps a touch over-decorated!

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I didn’t really have much of an overall plan in mind when I got started decorating the room, which made it a bit difficult. The first thing I bought was actually the striped rug, and from there it just a lot of trial-and-error. “Hmm, how does this look in here?”

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The green chair is what I think of as “Quinn’s corner”–so he has a place to sit and hang out while I’m nursing the baby. He already loves setting that rainbow toy up as a tunnel and driving his cars through it.

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Ben and I built the little modular shelves, and there are a ton of other crafty projects in the room that I made myself–the pillow on the rocking chair, a lot of the art… Often the DIY projects were the result of budget limitations, but they also make the room feel extra special.

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So that’s it! A bright, fun space that I can’t wait to bring our baby girl home to. Just four weeks (or less!) now…

Now, on to Quinn’s “big boy” room:

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There was a lot of agonizing over this space too, primarily because of the bed. I wanted to get him a cool new “big boy” twin bed, in part because the kids’ bedrooms are not very big (just 8 feet by 8 feet) and I wanted him to have the extra space, and in part because I had a really great-looking bed all picked out. But in the end, I decided to leave him with the queen-sized bed that was already in our guest room. First of all, it’s an insanely comfortable bed. Second, those budget limitations again! And finally, Quinn doesn’t sleep in his room anyway (he sleeps with us), and keeping the queen bed allowed us to still use this room as a guest room for my parents when they come to stay with us. So practicality won out in the end, for a change!

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I actually bought only two new things for the “big boy” bedroom: the yellow cross rug from Pattern Society, and the blackout shade for his window. Everything else was from Quinn’s “baby” room or scavenged from elsewhere in the house!

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And Quinn loves the room, which is obviously the most important thing. Here’s the kid himself, acting like a goofball in his big boy room:

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So there you have it!  I absolutely LOVE decorating kids’ rooms. We’ll see how baby number two goes, but I’m definitely not ruling out a third kid’s room in our future! 😉

Nursery sources:

Oeuf Classic Crib
Nursery Works Empire Rocker
Striped rug from Pattern Society
Artecnica mobile
OMM Design cat-in-glasses print
Cactus crib sheet from Biscuit Home
Cactus pillow
Bright Lab globe lights
Macrame wall hanging by SlowDownProductions
Eliza Gran pom pom basket
Green greek key blanket by Happy Habitat
“All the Stars” decal by Shanna Murray
Green BUNSÖ children’s chair from IKEA

And check out some additional kid room inspiration on my Pinterest board…

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Some of our very best friends–who, lucky for me, also happen to have the most beautiful home–had the most darling twin baby boys in March. This past Sunday, on their eight-week birthday, I was lucky enough to spend some time at home with the whole family, capturing this magical, fleeting moment in their lives–the snuggles, the fussiness, the serenity, the chaos, the overwhelming love… This was real life: no posing, no waking the babies or trying to force them to sleep. I just followed their lead, documenting their day as it unfolded.

Words cannot describe how much I love these images. Or this family.

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It’s Quinn’s third Halloween and this is my favorite costume yet: the Man in the Yellow Hat, Curious George’s famous keeper. George is number one in our house, so Quinn was crazy-excited to get to dress up as his best pal. He asks to wear the costume every day!

I found the boots, belt, and yellow pants on Amazon; I bought a second-hand white button-down shirt and dyed it with RIT lemon yellow dye; I ordered the yellow tie on Amazon and painted on the black spots with fabric paint; and I made the yellow hat from scratch. I’m talking a hat mold carved out of styrofoam, painfully stretched wet felt, hat stiffening glue, “swirling” the Petersham ribbon… I’m basically a milliner now. I spent an inordinate amount of time making the hat (and this is actually version 2.0–the first model didn’t quite fit his head!), but I’m not sorry–the hat makes the whole costume! And Quinn loves it. He can’t wait to wear it trick-or-treating.

The kid also loves a pumpkin patch. October just might be my favorite month of the year…

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Happy Halloween to all!